From a Black Female Congregant

My friend, Trillia Newbell, wrote a piece for her online magazine titled "Dear Pastor: From a Black Female Congregant." Here’s an excerpt to introduce the topic:

I grew up being told that I have to work triple as hard because I am black and then triple that because I am female. So, that’s what I did. I grew up wanting to be Oprah . . . but “better.” Because of the socio-economic position of many blacks, this need to be driven is ingrained in us. And if we have opportunities like I did, we best take advantage of them. Many of the black females I ran with in college went on to be doctors, lawyers, etc. I was looked down upon by a research professor when I expressed my desire to stop grad school and do the internship with my church college ministry, Volunteers For Christ. See, I was forfeiting all that the civil rights leaders had worked so hard for me to be able to do—I had gotten into law school and wasn’t going to go.

I highly recommend that you read all of "Dear Pastor" on Trillia's webzine, especially her gracious conclusion.

About the Author

Carolyn McCulley

Carolyn McCulley

Carolyn McCulley is the author of three books and a conference speaker. She is also the founder of Citygate Films, where she works as a documentary director and editor.

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